When Ambassador Susan Rice assumed the rotating monthly Presidency of the UN Security Council from the United Kingdom this week, she began by taking a question on Twitter.
"The world is shrinking," Ambassador Rice said recently. In a world of freely moving information, we also face rapidly evolving threats that can just as easily cross borders. As President, Ambassador Rice is using her agenda-setting power to focus the Council's attention on such 21st century challenges, from the proliferation of nuclear materials to illicit arms flows to humanitarian crises.
Ambassador Rice started work as President on Monday by chairing a closed session on the most pressing crisis before the Council today: Syria. Following a video briefing by Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan, Ambassador Rice reported to the press on new commitments by the Syrian government to end its military campaign against its people.
Later this month, Ambassador Rice will chair Security Council debates on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan; the role of women in conflict resolution and democracy promotion; global efforts to secure nuclear materials, curb the proliferation of nuclear weapons technology and work towards nuclear disarmament; and the UN's capacity to help secure borders against illicit flows of materials, goods and people -- the kinds of transfers that fuel terrorism, organized crime and political instability. You can view the Council's full April schedule here.
Throughout April, follow @USUN and @AmbassadorRice on Twitter and check out Ambassador Rice's brand new Facebook Timeline for breaking news and commentary on Council negotiations, Presidential Statements, and open briefings. And don't forget U.S. Management & Reform Ambassador Joe Torsella (@USJoe_UN), who works daily to bring out the best in the United Nations and its institutions.
Finally, tune in. Everything from Security Council business to a U.S.-sponsored International Jazz Day event (April 30) will stream live at UN Webcast. Transcripts, announcements and more will be posted on the U.S. Mission's Presidency Page.